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Manchester City Offered Thierry Henry In £30m Barcelona Swap Deal?

by Christian Bailey


Would Mark Hughes be tempted by such a deal?

Thierry Henry

Barcelona will seek to persuade Manchester City into selling them Robinho in the January transfer window by offering Thierry Henry in exchange, according to a report.

The Catalan club saw an enquiry for the Brazilian over the summer rebuffed after the Premier League side stated that a deal could only be done if Lionel Messi was included.

Guardiola told the Blaugrana board that he wanted them to sign Robinho when he took over the reins last summer after it became clear the player would be leaving Real Madrid.

City won the race for him back then, but the Catalan coach knows that the 25-year-old could be tempted back to Spanish football and to play in the Champions League. (

It was of course something of a major coup when the Eastlands outfit landed Brazilian International Robinho just over a year ago but the club has moved great strides in the last 12 months and having a seemingly limitless pot of cash will no doubt see the club move ever further up the footballing ladder and as such it seems unlikely they would want to lose a player of such potential, even if it did mean they would get Thierry Henry in return.

The 25 year old former Real Madrid man had a great season last term but appeared to have a few difficulties with the club off the field but things seemed to have settled for Robinho with the club bringing in the big names he had craved. Given that the club paid £30m for the striker I would imagine his worth has only increased and that any deal bringing Henry in the other direction would have to involve Barcelona giving up a fair chunk of change given that the former Arsenal man is over 30. However I think that it’s most unlikely the Frenchman would come back to the Premier League to join any other club than his former employers so that could well be the major stumbling block to any such move.

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